'Dallas' castmate reflects on Hagman's legacy
- Duration 5:07
- Date Nov 25, 2012
'Dallas' castmate reflects on Hagman's legacy
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Well fans are flocking today to -- four to pay tribute to actor Larry Hagman.
Who died Friday due to complications from his battle with cancer.
Hagman was perhaps the most well known for playing the villain JR Ewing in the popular primetime show Dallas.
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Especially the dinner last it's just when did Christian become part of the oil cut him he.
-- -- -- -- joining us now is actor Charlene Tilton who played.
The flirty and manipulative Lucy Ewing on Dallas great to see you this morning.
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So tell us your favorite memories that -- comes back to you as you see some of those old clips I'm.
Let me start in the very general way.
When I met the force of nature that is Larry Hagman I was seventeen years old.
I had been raised by single mother who is mentally ill I have my own apartment from the time I was fifteen years old.
-- I never had a father figure and Larry Hagman came into my life at seventeen years old.
And became the father figure that I long for and I really needed me he was a guiding force in my life he was he taught me how to be professional.
He taught me the craft of acting.
He taught me how to behave on -- that he was.
An amazing amazing human being.
He was so protective of me because I was so young starting the show.
But at the same time he did he expected -- Demanded a lot.
From me because he believed in me and just -- on a general personal note he meant so much to me.
Sounds -- and I mean that's so wonderful united to have a mentor.
Like that takes you under his -- cares so much about you I was interested to read to you also said.
In addition to that serious role that he played as your surrogate father -- he also could be a great prankster on the sets.
-- my gosh one time he grad he's -- and it only seek an area is probably the least the act of an uncle Larry he says care.
So on the set there's these sort of you know wouldn't serve rafters or whatever you know you can climb up where they set up the lights up above the actual set.
That's where the action is going on.
So Barbara Bel Geddes and Jim Davis jock and -- had a scene at the dining room table.
Just the -- about Larry.
Gets me he -- we climb up this thing he's got these bubble machines one that -- blue these great big bubbles one that blew like under the little bubbles he said.
OK but I tell you let's blow these bubbles -- -- rehearsing and they're doing -- they're seeing downstairs a real serious scene and all of a sudden we start blowing -- -- public come down.
Raining down on the set at all of a sudden you hear Barbara -- -- Yeah -- expletive that I can't -- JR.
JR and they've set up and that he was always you know we he taught me -- to.
Work really hard.
But have fun doing it one of the first things he told me but I was seventeen years old he said.
You know I had a nervous breakdown doing -- Dream -- -- he said on its -- something right now it's not worth it have fun.
Have fun while you're working as hard as I have -- I -- -- was that that was the greatest -- anyone could have taught me to really enjoy the process.
That's really -- nice and it's interesting you bring that up because.
He didn't shy away from his own medical issues we had one of our correspondents on here Catherine Herridge who got to know him.
As an organ transplants advocates so he he really champions.
Some other off camera causes.
Yes he did he was amazing that way and I will say this -- Larry has been very open about his alcoholism and his his drinking.
I swear to god I never -- yet he never messed -- he was never late -- second.
He was always punctual very he had a stellar work ethics so.
When he did have to have a liver transplant.
I said to him I said.
Michael you're like -- Whether the greatest actors of all time how could you perform like that why you are drinking that heavily and he took a moment and it was almost.
Reflective and he said.
Think -- what I could have done if I wasn't thinking.
And it was one of those things that I.
Kind of went I'll -- it will never held up production was never late and yes.
That's poignant Charlene Tilton it's great to see you everyone of course remembers you as Lucy Ewing thanks so much for sharing all of your personal remembrances of Larry.
Thank you so that's agency.